GS 1 Armenians, Clive and the Battle of Plassey The Battle of Plassey was fought on June 23, 1757, exactly 261 years ago. Not many people know that Robert Clive’s victory was eased by support from one very unlikely quarter: the Armenians, a trading community that had fled persecution in Persia and settled in India in large numbers during the Mughal era GS 2 Why we treasure democracy The nasty experience of Emergency and the unsavoury condition of societies plagued with attempts at domination teach us to value democracy The features of a nationalist If George Orwell were alive today, he would consider both Islamism and Hindutva as versions of nationalism GS 3 Plastic ban kicks off in Mumbai, but penalties put off till Monday The State government had notified the ban on the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic carry bags as well as the use of disposable plastic goods such as cutlery, containers and straws. is external debt a cause for worry? External debt is the money that borrowers in a country owe to foreign lenders. India’s external debt was $513.4 billion at the end of December 2017, an increase of 8.8% since March 2017. Most of it was owed by private businesses which borrowed at attractive rates from foreign lenders. Enforcing a plastic ban in Maharashtra The Maharashtra government began enforcing a ban on plastic, a decision it announced in March.